What information do we collect?
We collect information from you when you register on our site, subscribe to our newsletter or applying for the scholarship. When registering on our site or applying for the scholarship, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your name, e-mail address, cell phone, or zip code. This is known as a form of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and represents information that can be used to identify or locate a single person. We protect all data but most notably PII.
In addition, we use a tool called Google Analytics for tracking website activity on an aggregated basis. This tracking helps us better understand the pages that our users like to visit and what our users search for so that we may create more relevant content. The tool also allows us to better understand which marketing vehicles perform best for us so that we may reach more users. The data in Google Analytics is not combined with PII. You may opt out of Google Analytics tracking by visiting their opt out page or by disabling cookies on your website..
You may, if you choose, visit our site anonymously using Incognito mode in Chrome or Private mode available in other browsers.
What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
- To personalize your experience. Your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs.
- To improve our website. We continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you.
- To identify a winner of the scholarship.
How do we protect your information?
We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information.
Information Security. We use secure computing practices to safeguard personal information we collect to protect it from unauthorized access or disclosure.
Employee Access, Training and Expectations. Our ethical standards and employee policies and practices are committed to the protection of customer information. Our business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limit the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons, processes and transactions.
Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser (if you allow) that enables sites or service provider’s systems to recognize your browser, and capture and remember certain information.
Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We do not sell or trade your Personally Identifiable Information (PII) without providing you advance notice. We may share your PII data with trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe that release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or other’s rights, property, or safety. Non-PII visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.
Third party links
At our discretion, we may include or offer third-party products or services on our website. These third-party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
We also may be compensated in exchange for featured placement of certain sponsored products and services, or your clicking on certain links posted on this website.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Because we value your privacy, we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act (OPPA). We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.
As parties protected by the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by logging into their account and going to the ‘Profile’ page.
Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act). We do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.